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MotoAmerica Volunteers Needed for Round #1 at Circuit of the Americas

MotoAmerica wants you to volunteer!

It’s great to see them actively recruiting, I’ve gotten several invitations over the past few days that I wanted to share with the readers here… I totally think that you should sign up especially if you like motorcycles! It’s a mind blowing experience.


 


Volunteers Needed for Circuit of the Americas April 20th – 23th

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MotoAmerica is looking for a few good men. And women. MotoAmerica is seeking volunteers who want to assist the series and be a part of the action that is the 2017 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship.

“Those who volunteer their time to MotoAmerica races add to the safe and efficient running of our events,” said MotoAmerica Race Operations Manager Niccole Cox. “Like MotoGP and World Superbike, we use volunteers to help our staff, our volunteers are a great group of people who are passionate about motorcycle racing in the US. We always try to have a little fun with our Volunteer BBQ with a star rider each round, where the volunteers get to break bread and have some very candid conversations with our stars. The riders very much enjoy being able to meet the people who donate their time to our events, and it lead to some great conversations that most fans will never see. Our volunteers get closer to the racing action than any other fans, and learn what it takes to put on such a large event. The program continues to grow each year, and we are thrilled at the progress and the impact it has made on our organization”

MotoAmerica will provide training, free camping options, guest and parking passes, plus lunch on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at each event. At stand alone events, MotoAmerica Volunteers will also be treated to a Saturday night BBQ with MotoAmerica staff and the opportunity to talk with one of the racers, up close and personal!

Positions are available for Tire Marshal and Technical Control specialties ONLY for Circuit of the Americas.

F&C marshals Track marshals, and medics are being organized by the COTA staff.  If you are interested in these positions for this event, please view their event page here. Do you have a medical background? They are in need of you especially!

Here is a brief description of those positions:
• Tire marshal: assists tire-control coordinator in paddock, hot pit, and grid to ensure competitors follow tire-allocation regulations.
• Technical control: supports technical director to certify racing motorcycles conform to rulebook.

To volunteer click here.


Again I would strongly encourage Motorsport marshals and enthusiasts to sign up for this event because it is simply spectacular. For this particular round MotoAmerica plays a support role to the amazing MotoGP event… Expect the crowds for this to be massive and also expect lots of swag from CoTA for your participation. No experience is necessary and in fact Flagging by Faynisha does an excellent job of training you leading up to the big races.

Poking around the MotorsportReg web site I noticed that MotoAmerica is recruiting volunteers for a lot of tracks where it has become almost impossible to play at without being employed by the track. This is excellent opportunity to visit the facility as an insider, specifically for places like Barber Motorsports Park, VIR, Sonoma or Utah Motorsports Complex. Click here for additional information:

http://www.motorsportreg.com/orgs/motoamerica/volunteers

I wish I had the means to travel, I would totally volunteer every round of this amazing series.

Give it a try folks!

Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas at the Circuit of the Americas the debrief

For a last minute trip, my visit to COTA for MotoGP and MotoAmerica racing was as good a trip as it gets. I’ve said this to a few people over the past few weeks of marshaling and I don’t think they can really wrap their brains around this statement so let’s break it down here.

I was set to go to Watkins Glen for the NASCAR Motorsport Safety Seminar… I chickened out when I saw snow and freezing temps on the forecast. It did indeed snow and was freezing Upstate New York but I didn’t sit around at home sulking. I booked a flight the day before my departure for Texas. Austin was expensive… of course it would be, I’m only competing with tens of thousands of spectators, teams, officials, etc. So I flew to Dallas. It cost $63 one way on American Airlines and $62 on the way back flying United.

Unlike the last trip a month ago for PWC, Megabus was pricey and the scheduling didn’t work. So I elected to try Greyhound… it still cost almost $30 bux round trip, and the experience was crazy to say the least… I was pretty surprised by the type of folks that ride Greyhound, especially those that make their journey across the whole country, but that’s a story for another time. Lucky for me the Greyhound station is very near to my friend Joaquin’s home and it was quite convenient to get a ride to and from the track there.

Joaquin had a full house so I used my tent that lives in Texas to camp at COTA which worked out very well. It was especially convenient since I told Jeanie that I’d be happy to flag, be a track marshal or deliver lunches and she snagged me to help out with track ops, where among other things I really did do deliver lunches. It was the hardest I had ever worked at a track while volunteering. I was running around so much I had to change my shirt during lunch time because it was completely soaken wet. But it was such a blast.

Probably the coolest experience for me was driving around on track delivering marshals to their stations. I got to use the Toyota Tundra to take a small group to Turn 20A and 20B, and then raced back around the track to see if more people needed rides. I also used a golf cart to run many errands driving around the inner and outer rings of the circuit as well as multiple trips to the paddock. Unlike other series, Dorna really enforced the rule of nobody but officials in pit lane and garages. Everyone got scanned in and out. And since we didn’t get the credentials the only time I got to go there was during the pit walk which we shared with spectators.

But I feel I really got my money’s worth. I was issued blue overalls and a tabard so when numbers were short Saturday morning I was the only flagger at Turn 16. Then I got another track ops person to join me. Then I got pulled off when a real flagger turned up. And as I was leaving I got to help push a striken bike onto the gator transport. It was pretty awesome. On race day I got to spectate from Turn 1 and when things went crashy I got to push another bike up on the transport while the track marshal who was working there was trying to get his hand looked on which he burned by accidentally touching the smoking hot exhaust pipe under the seat. Apparently it burned right thru the glove.

All in all it was the best time I had ever had at COTA and I wouldn’t rule it out that I would sign up again for this position for another big event like Formula 1 later this year.

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Postcard from Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas at COTA (MotoGP/MotoAmerica)

Well that was something completely different!

For a last minute trip it was much better executed than some of my longer planned in advance events. But of course I enjoy returning to COTA and thanks to my buddy Joaquin who’s been keeping my tent for me for a few years as well as  Jeanie Caulfied who always makes me welcome back in Austin (even on less than 24 hours notice) things went super smoothly.

I’ll write another entry when I have a little bit more time, it’s basically 1:30am and I’ve just flown in from Dallas via Houston and my alarm is set for 5:30am to go on the next trip to Long Beach.

But suffice to say I had my best time at COTA yet (I think I said this about the trip for PWC last month, but this one beat it by a mile!).

Instead of flagging or track marshaling I suggested to Jeanie that I’d be happy to deliver lunches. And she let me do it! How difficult could that job be?  right?…   well, I worked my ass off! I was absolutely gutted by the last day of the event and my body basically gave out. I burned myself out. But I had a blast doing it. The Track Ops position that I volunteered for is far more than just delivering lunches to 300+ marshals. I got to drive on track twice a day to deliver marshals to their stations. I got to drive the ring road more than a dozen times a day running errands, everything from delivering late comer marshals to drink and ice runs, to lunch deliveries. I got to fill in on flags when the flag chief was short on people. And I was even lucky enough to push a few bikes on the gator transports when there were incidents at stations I was either assigned to or happened to be in the area. It was such a blast. I feel like I had gotten to do it all, and then some… Definitely not a position I had ever the privilege of experiencing before and one I would love to do again… for F1.

But enough talk… I must get some sleep… in the mean time, here’s some photos:

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Every morning I got to do a lap around the COTA circuit to deliver marshals to station, and every afternoon I got to do another to bring them back to the mustering tent.

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Of all the rigs at our disposal for “Hospitality Operations Services” I got to wheel every one of them, from pick up trucks to golf carts.

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Was super glad we got to do the pit lane walk, although having to share it with spectators kind of took away from it being as special, that and of course it was too crowded to take some decent pix. (especially when the crowd in front of Rossi’s and Marquez’s garages was at least five deep)

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For MotoGP the paddock and garages was difficult to access without credentials (which we didn’t have), but MotoAmerica was far more welcoming and we made a number of rounds through it to pick up ice and run other errands.

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Ducati Islands in vendor village was like a candy store, so many cool bikes on display it was awesome.

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But most awesome was getting to watch the event from different stations and therefore get some amazing perspectives I wouldn’t have gotten otherwise.

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It was nice to see so many marshals passionate about Motorcycles, many rode their bikes to the event. Some showed up in Miata’s… like this Niseki Edition:

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Fantastic time! Can’t thank Jeanie enough for the opportunity!

Ending the season: C.E.V. Valencia

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Hola a todos,

Después del espectacular final del campeonato MotoGP, he vuelto al circuito de Valencia una semana después, pero esta vez con motivo del Campeonato de España C.E.V.

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Esta vez tuvimos un fin de semana mucho más frío, pero igual de divertido, con 4 caídas en nuestra curva, todas ellas en la categoría de Moto3…  En la imagen de arriba podéis ver una de esas 4 motos.

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En la pasada carrera del C.E.V. os hablaba de María Herrera, la primera mujer en conseguir una victoria en el Campeonato de España… Esta vez quiero hacer referencia a otra gran promesa. Su nombre es Fabio Quartararo (nº 20). Aunque el nombre parece italiano, en realidad es un piloto francés, y fue el ganador de las 2 carreras del fin de semana en Moto3. Estoy convencido de que este chico estará en MotoGP dentro de unos años.

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En la categoría F-Extreme ganó Iván Silva, pero Xavier Forés ya es el campeón. Alexander Mateos ganó en la Copa Kawasaki, y el piloto de Malaysia Hafizh Syahrin ganó en la categoría de Moto2. Un fin de semana corto, pero al mismo tiempo muy frío y también muy intenso. Para terminar, aquí tenéis las fotos de la celebración de la victoria de Syahrin.

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Postcard from Valencia MotoGP

If anyone of you have watched the races, you know that there’s not much to say… Incredible races, great spectacle and nice experience as a marshal once again.

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Moto3 race wasn’t recommended for people with heart problems. No doubt, it was one of the best battles I can remember. Salom crashed out when he was in the leading group with 15 laps to go. After many overtakes between them, Rins tried to pass Viñales in the last corner, but finally the race and the title were won by Viñales.

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Nico Terol was the winner in Moto2. He had a comfortable race after Espargaró’s crash. His teammate Jordi Torres was second and Johann Zarco was third after a photo finish with Simone Corsi.

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And the last but not least… Marc Márquez, the youngest king of MotoGP with only 20 years old, and he’s also the best rookie ever despite great Lorenzo’s win in the last race. It could be the start of a new era in motorcycling, we will see…

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We had 3 crashes during the weekend at our corner, but the riders weren’t injured. The weather was nice (typical from Mediterranean sea)…

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… but the best thing was the crew, with many fellows from several cities all over Spain (Bilbao, San Sebastián, Navarra, Madrid…)

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Thanks to all of them. Great job, wonderful weekend and very good atmosphere. I’m coming back to Valencia this weekend as a marshal… Now, it’s time to C.E.V. 😀

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Next Stop: MotoGP Final Round

Valencia hosts as usual the final MotoGP round. Obviously, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to be there as a marshal in this showdown 😀

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Márquez vs. Lorenzo fighting for the title. Lorenzo is very strong lately, in fact he won the last two races in Australia and Japan, but Márquez is 13 points ahead in the overall. Everyone knows Márquez is the Rookie of the year, but… is Márquez the best rookie ever?? He is very close to win the title in his first season. There’s only one rider who was able to do such a feat… it was Kenny Roberts in 1978!! Lorenzo needs the win, but Márquez requires a single fourth place, regardless of Lorenzo’s result.

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Pol Espargaró is already champion in Moto2, but… what about Moto3?? Luis Salom (nº39) is the most experienced and the best strategist… Maverick Viñales (nº25) is the most consistent and he was the main favourite before starting the season… and finally Alex Rins (nº42) the youngest and fastest (17 years old, 7 poles and 6 wins)… 3 contenders, 5 points between them after 17 races… but it all comes down to a single race. The calculator is not needed. Winning this race means winning the title, so… What more could we ask for? Whatever happens, in 2014 Salom and Viñales will be team partners in Moto2 Pons Racing Team, and Rins is confirmed in Moto3 one more year.

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If you watch the race on TV you could recognise me because I’ll be at the first corner. We usually have quite action every year in that post, and I’m sure this year won’t be different 😀

 

Postcard from MotoGP Aragón

Once again it was a great weekend. Great fellows, spectacular races… and good weather too (Despite the bad weather forecast before the weekend).

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I was waiting a new battle “Lorenzo vs. Márquez”, but I came back home with the controversy “Márquez vs. Pedrosa”, and I wonder…

Bad luck once again, Pedrosa?? Is Márquez too agresive on the track?? Why is Pedrosa so angry?? Why is the presence of a “Rookie” so annoying?? Are we watching the birth of a new MotoGP icon?? Does Márquez take too many risks??

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Well… I think Márquez is sometimes agressive on the track, but that’s why many people love him, and also their rivals are usually looking for excuses when they lose. Mr. Pedrosa, welcome to MotoGP!! What did you expect from your teammate?? 😀

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I can’t forget the rest of races. Great battle between Viñales and Rins in Moto3, and spectacular last laps between Redding and Spargaró in Moto2.

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We had 4 crashes in our post during the weekend. The most “spectacular” was this (Picture below). Fortunately, the rider was OK!!

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Hard work at the post, lack of sleep, too much party at the campsite, hangover, unforgettable moments…

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… Overall, it was great!! Thank you mates!! It was a big pleasure as usual. Now, I’m looking for the next… The battle of the heavyweights!! 😀